- 10 November 2008 | Windsurfing
The ISAF Windsurfing Committee decided this morning by a vote of 7 votes to 2 to support the selection of the RS:X as the equipment for the 2012 Olympic Regatta.
Although this is a positive step forward, the final decision will be made by the ISAF Council at the end of this week. The vote against Formula is exactly the same as the vote made by the windsurfing committee at the 2000 ISAF Conference in Edinburgh.
The windsurfing committee also decided that prize money in cash or in kind is permitted but may not be a requirement as per the ISAF contract in its Olympic contract.
- 07 November 2008 | Windsurfing
Barbara Kendall is the best known and most successful windsurfer in New Zealand history having competed in her fifth Olympics this year.
It’s incredible that she’s still competing, at top international level, when most of her competitors are in their 20s. It’s a harsh environment, and a gruelling physical challenge.
Her years of experience in racing, tactics, knowledge about wind and tide conditions,equipment and board handling skills play a big part in her success. But the most important factor of all is her desire to win.
Managing the psychology of winning has been the most challenging aspect of staying at the top. A campaign for an Olympic Games takes Barbara at least three years.
She keeps her fitness up by running, swimming, yoga,working out at the gym and windsurfing every day she can.She competes in numerous windsurfing events to keep her world ranking up as well as maintaining a media presence for her sponsors.
She now has two young children to care for as well. Barbara travels around the country to give motivational speaking presentations to earn a living,works for her sponsors,or heads back overseas to meet with the Athlete’s Commission of the International Olympic Committee for a few days.
As soon as windsurfing became an Olympic sport for women, Barbara took the opportunity to join her gold medallist brother, Bruce, by winning the gold in Barcelona in 1992, making her the first woman in NZ to do so in 40 years.
She went on to win silver at Atlanta in 1996, bronze at Sydney in 2000 and was New Zealand’s best in Athens in 2004 with a fifth placing.She won NZ Sportswoman of the year in 1996, 1998 and 1999; Yachtsperson of the year in 1992 and 1998;and has been awarded a MBE in 1992 for services to windsurfing.
- 05 November 2008 | Windsurfing
The Follow The Winds Project introduces to the public especially aimed at kids and youth the amazing value of the windsurfing lifestyle. Top Formula Windsurfing riders such as: Arnon Dagan from Israel, Dennis Littel from the Netherlands, Jesper Vesterstrøm from Denmark, Ross Williams from Great Britain, Steve Allen from Australia and Wojtek Brzozowski from Poland will go into the World Media to talk about the educational and inspiring side of their lives.
Through media activity and the website this project shows the value of sport, intercultural learning and understanding as well as the cool and colorful lifestyles of the riders; lifestyles full of funny stories, beaches, sun, water, wind, traveling and meeting new and amazing people.
The website is going to follow the activities of six top professional riders by documenting their travels and lifestyles as well as video interviews to further explain their lifestyle choices, with articles written in a simplistic and easy format to show both youth and young children new and interesting places around the world.
A sport such as windsurfing can teach them about the meaning of international friendships, tolerance to other cultures, positive thinking and enthusiasm as well as about courage, hard work and the determination to chase their dreams. The riders are definite individuals with strong personalities which can make their lifestyles a positive ideal to be followed. Through the next International Events, Formula Windsurfing is going to encourage youth and kids to look more closely at this sport and learn from this untypical and positive type of living.
The project is going to have an international scope. Firstly it will be taken to Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland with the hope to be taken further into other countries around the world where Formula Windsurfing takes place. The website will be launched in the English language but will be translated into more European languages very shortly.